The sight of Allyson Felix botching the baton handover to teammate English Gardner in the semifinals of the 4x100 meters at the Rio Olympics predictably became a trending topic on Twitter in a hurry.
The American men's and women's relay teams have a history of dropping the baton in major competitions.
USA dropped the F'ing baton. File an appeal for interference
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) August 18, 2016
Allyson Felix was clearly fouled on that exchange. Should shoot two free throws, if not three. #Rio2016
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) August 18, 2016
So when the US women dropped that baton, there was a high groan in the waiting room at the oil change place. #Olympics
— Nathan A Lawrence (@pokernate2004) August 18, 2016
Y'all think @allysonfelix cursed when that Baton dropped? looked like she dropped an f-bomb...I would've too
— Juice Gawd (@livelovelift_) August 18, 2016
We dropped the baton?!?!? pic.twitter.com/CzDb9r2qwf
— Sloane Ivy (@SloaneIvy) August 18, 2016
This time, the U.S. successfully protested that Felix was bumped by the runner on her outside just before the handoff. The IAAF has given the team another chance to run on its own for time in the evening session in an attempt to qualify for the finals.
Or, maybe just another chance to drop the baton again.